The Best Places to Go Camping Within an Hour of Leeds

· Darcie Hewitt-Dudding · Lifestyle

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Head into the great outdoors with these camping sites near Leeds.

Been in the city too long? Need a quick trip to reconnect with nature? Then a camping trip it is. We’re lucky enough to be slap-bang in the middle of some pretty impressive countryside, so you don’t even have to drive an hour before you’re setting up your tent in a grassy field surrounded by trees. Our list covers campsites, glamping pods, secluded one-offs, social sites and more, all near Leeds.

Clarion Lodge

Clarion Lodge

Clarion Lodge has some of the best views that a camping site near Leeds would ever be able to offer. Rolling hills, fields of farm animals, spectacular sunsets – what more could you ask for? There’s lots to do locally, like exploring Otley and the Chevin and, if you fancy a drive, Harrogate and Bradford are within motoring distance. You can pitch your tent, motorhome or your caravan here, but if you’re more of a glamper than a camper, then the Wigwam cabins are perfect. They’ve got beds, electricity and even a kettle.

Clarion Lodge Campsite, West Chevin Road, Menston, Ilkley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS29 6BG.

Camp Kátur

Camp Katur Geodome

Nestled in 300 acres of ancient woodland in the beauty of Bedale are a set of geodomes, wood cabins and canvas tents. If it’s luxury camping with friends, family or a partner you’re after, Camp Kátur is the place to go. Their unique geodomes have internal kitchens, bathrooms and double beds – they even have windows with views across the meadow. Want more? Go for a unidome, a completely clear dome bedroom in the depths of the forest so you can truly sleep beneath the stars.

Camp Katur, Camp Hill Estate, Stapley Lane, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS. 

Rudding Holiday Park

Rudding Holiday Park

Rudding Holiday Park is an award-winning campsite just three miles away from Harrogate. It’s set within parkland, making it perfect for family holidays. Each pitch comes with an electric hookup, with larger sites coming with water, waste connections and a parking space. On the grounds, you’ll find all sorts of facilities to keep the whole family entertained. We’re talking a heated outdoor pool, a playground, a driving range and a spa – there’s a pub, a corner shop and a restaurant too.

Rudding Holiday Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH.

Esholt Caravan Park

Esholt Camping

Set in a picturesque Yorkshire village, Esholt Caravan Park is a family-friendly campsite near Leeds. Their site is simple, comfortable and clean. Each pitch is generously sized, with one flat grassy area for tents and another for the caravans. You can pitch up and head over to the clubhouse for a drink at the bar. This is also where the showers, toilets and laundry facilities are found. It’s a great base camp for exploring the Yorkshire Dales, Saltaire and the local market towns of Otley and Ilkley, all of which are in a short drive away.

Esholt Caravan and Campsite, Esholt Sports & Leisure Club, Upper Mill Cottages, Esholt, West Yorkshire, BD17 7RQ.

Skipbridge Farm Glamping

Skipbridge Farm

Keep the joys of camping and eliminate the stress by staying at one of the best glamping sites near Leeds. Skipbridge Farm has a series of bell tents, pods and cabins you can stay in, all kitted out with proper beds and fresh bedding for a great night’s sleep. The biggest bell tent can sleep a family of five, with rugs, bean bags and board games to keep everyone entertained. On the farm, they have a plethora of gorgeous animals you can say hello to, including friendly alpacas, boisterous goats and beautiful peacocks!

Skipbridge Farm, Green Hammerton, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 8EZ.

St Helena’s Caravan Park

St Helena's Caravan Park

Looking for camping and caravan parks near Leeds? St Helena’s is in Bramhope, just 25 minutes from the centre of the city, not that you would know it. Surrounded by idyllic countryside and eight acres of pretty woodland, the campsite is adults-only, so you can enjoy a peaceful, relaxing stay. They’ve got grass and hardstanding pitches, with electrical hook ups available for your tent, tourer or motorhome. There are loads of good walks locally, including a short stroll to the Fox & Hounds Pub.

St Helena’s Caravan Park, Otley Old Road, Horsforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS18 5HZ.

The Wuthering Heights Inn

wuthering heights inn

Credit: Wuthering Heights Inn

The Wuthering Heights Inn campsite combines the wild feel of camping with the accessibility of having a pub on your doorstep. You could go for a hike across the windy moors and get all Brontë-esque or head to the nearby towns of Haworth, Saltaire or Hebden Bridge. It’s a small, quiet campsite, for adults only, nestled in behind the pub itself. If it’s glamping you’re after, they have two cosy shepherd’s huts to stay in. There’s a log-burning stove, a pocket-sprung mattress and 500 thread count bedding. Fancy!

The Wuthering Heights Inn, Main Street, Stanbury, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HB. 

Shepherd’s Delight

Shepherd's Delight

For a secluded camping experience near Leeds, it has to be Shepherd’s Delight. The hut sits within its own unspoilt woodland, surrounded by bursts of bluebells, friendly alpacas and a plethora of other wildlife. It’s off-grid, warmed by a wood-burning stove and insulated with sheep’s wool. You can enjoy a hot outdoor shower to really get the blood pumping in the morning and, in the evening, stoke the fire pit and cook over the barbecue. There’s even a hot tub available to soak in after a long day of walking.

Shepherd’s Delight, The Forge, South Stainley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3LZ.

Jerusalem Farm Campsite

jerusalem farm campsite

The campsite at Jerusalem Farm in Halifax is set in a beautiful rural location. It adjoins a local nature reserve, so you might be lucky enough to spot the likes of woodland birds like woodpeckers, tree creepers and goldfinches. You might even see deer! The campsite itself is simple and tranquil – it’s tents only, with cars parked at reception. There’s a playground for little ones, picnic tables and a shower block. Cat I’ th’ Well is a great country pub with stunning views, just a short walk away.

Jerusalem Farm Camp Site, Jerusalem Lane, Booth, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2 6XB.

Wighill Park Glamping

If even glamping is a little too survivalist for you, then Wighill Manor Lodges might be just the thing. Their four-star Nordic-style lodges are simple in design, but offer all the little luxuries you need – we’re talking central heating, a kitchen and fresh bedding. You’ll still get the feeling of waking up in nature though, as each lodge is set against ancient woodland with views of the working farm and rolling countryside. Spend the day exploring the Dales or the Moors, then head back to soak in your own private hot tub.

Wighill Manor Lodges, Manor House Farm, Wighill, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS24 8BT.

Yurtshire

Yurtshire Fountains

Yurtshire is glamping at it’s finest. Rustic yurts with roaring log fires, twinkling fairy lights and a wood-fired hot tub? Yes please! They’ve got two locations in Yorkshire, Eavestone Lake (the yurts are amongst the trees) and Fountains (where the yurts are set in a pretty meadow and are off-grid). Each yurt comes with a real bed, futons, a private toilet and hot shower. Some of the yurts are even dog-friendly! Nearby, you can paddle board or canoe on the lake, rock climb and go gorge-walking in the Yorkshire countryside.

Yurtshire, Yew Tree House, Aldfield, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3BE.

Catgill Farm

Catgill Campsite

Catgill Farm is a modern camping and glamping site near Leeds. It’s actually within a mile of Bolton Abbey, an incredible location for walkers, cyclists and families alike. There’s a campsite with five-star shower facilities, 10 timber pods and two bell tents, so you can choose the level that suits you. You can stay in luxury with the heated timber pods – real beds, bathroom and kitchen, a TV and a patio with a hot tub. In the morning, emerge from your tent or pod and grab a coffee and a croissant from the on-site coffee shop. Heaven!

Catgill Campsite, Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA.

Stonebridge Fishing Lakes

Stonebridge Fishing Lakes

Stonebridge is one of the only caravan sites near Leeds with its own coarse fishing lake. Tourers and motorhomes are welcome, with each pitch coming with electrical hook up – you can take awnings and up to two of your furry four-legged friends too. There are two lakes, one for fishing and one where you can stay in a beautiful bell tent with a deck looking out on to the lake. It’s set in Little Fencote, perfect for exploring the moors. There are two country pubs within walking distance too, ideal after a long day sat by the lake.

Stonebridge Fishing Lakes, Fleetham Lane, Scruton, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL7 0RL.

The Little Hide

The Little Hide is a grown-up glamping site near York. There are a number of wooden camping pods, a cute cabin and a nomadic yurt, each offering a slightly different experience. Whichever you choose, you can wake up in your real bed, well-rested and ready to take on the day. There’s a fridge shack, a shower block and the den, a covered area for groups to socialise in. Nearby, there are village pubs within walking distance, and there’s a bus to take you into York just at the end of the lane.

The Little Hide, Willow House Caravan Park, Wigginton Road, Wigginton, York, North Yorkshire, YO32 2RH. 

Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field

Credit: Little Seed Field

Want a truly off-grid glamping site near Leeds? Little Seed Field is just over an hour away from the city, but it’s a wild, secluded site, surrounded by nature. There’s no wifi, no phone signal and no shop – perfect for truly getting away from it all. They’ve got five log cabins, two of which have an ensuite. Each one has a log burner, a double bed, a table and chairs, plus incredible panoramic views of the Nidderdale Valley and the unpolluted starlit sky at night. It’s perfect for reconnecting with nature.

Little Seed Field, Castiles Farm, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PU.

Crowden Camping

crowden camping and caravanning

Fancy heading to the Peak District for your camping trip? Crowden Camping is perfect for walkers looking for a simple but well-run camping site near Leeds. There are well-laid-out grass pitches and a couple of ready-made tents, an amenity building and a small shop. You can wake up in your tent in the morning, perhaps grab a couple of eggs for breakfast and walk out on foot from the campsite. There are gentle footpaths as well as the long-distance trek of the Pennine Way. Chatsworth House is nearby too.

Crowden Camping and Caravanning Club, Woodhead Road, Crowden, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 1HZ. 

Waingates Farm Huts

Waingates Farm Huts is a unique glamping experience near Leeds. They give you everything you could want from a boutique hotel room (and more), but in the middle of the stunning countryside. Each of the five en-suite huts is unique, from the rustic shepherd huts to the striking Nordic Igluhuts. You can enjoy walks on the estate, or simply relax in the wood-fired hot tub in your own private garden. The village of Boroughbridge is just two miles away and it’s filled with loads of foodie delights.

Waingates Farm Huts, Waingates Lane, Roecliffe, York, North Yorkshire, YO51 9NE.

Glorious Glamping

glorious glamping

Within easy reach of Leeds, Glorious Glamping is a site focused on the social aspect of camping. It’s perfect for groups large and small, with a dedicated area for each. The party barn is a colourful indoor space to socialise in – think bunting, disco balls and bales of hay. You could be singing your heart out at a karaoke night there or starting the day with a bit of restorative yoga. Getting sleepy? The bell tents have single futons with bedding, ready and waiting for you to crash in.

Glorious Glamping, Pool Bank New Rd, Pool in Wharfedale, Otley, West Yorkshire, LS21 1EU.